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Illinois deer hunting: Archery harvest stays down

Harvest by deer bowhunters in Illinois continues to lag behind even last year.

Here is the latest word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

ARCHERY DEER

Through Sunday, December 21, 2014, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 51,530 deer, compared to 52,888 for the same period in 2013. Harvest to date has consisted of 46.4% does and 53.6% males (23,913F: 27,617M). Top five counties are Pike (1988), Fulton (1441), Jefferson (1286), Adams (1119), and JoDaviess (1070). A table of county results is attached.

Paul Shelton, Manager

Forest Wildlife Program

Preliminary Illinois archery deer harvest through December 21County20132014Adams11221119Alexander207179Bond339327Boone137139Brown710664Bureau629575Calhoun661581Carroll519533Cass493498Champaign315277Christian433429Clark741662Clay472508Clinton361353Coles461479Cook12897Crawford703687Cumberland334318DeKalb161141DeWitt483405Douglas134127Dupage3825Edgar443376Edwards220216Effingham358343Fayette658600Ford6045Franklin840896Fulton15161441Gallatin296290Greene647579Grundy312315Hamilton533589Hancock686633Hardin363387Henderson228245Henry411392Iroquois400304Jackson948951Jasper395433Jefferson13021286Jersey483415JoDaviess9901070Johnson700734Kane244273Kankakee312277Kendall200151Knox826887Lake327380LaSalle789695Lawrence396435Lee440420Livingston252215Logan245235Macon460438Macoupin843782Madison812795Marion920908Marshall301306Mason307299Massac346347McDonough449429McHenry492480McLean491459Menard263288Mercer392394Monroe302359Montgomery579536Morgan448440Moultrie267296Ogle652622Peoria857815Perry640677Piatt170154Pike23011988Pope861903Pulaski215238Putnam239238Randolph880904Richland346355Rock Island634634Saline437474Sangamon641642Schuyler735759Scott178208Shelby638591St. Clair534486Stark121103Stephenson385448Tazewell561476Union808828Vermilion881720Wabash185216Warren240248Washington420440Wayne712765White525557Whiteside454440Will792617Williamson916985Winnebago358397Woodford499415Grand Total5288851530